Leviathan Cycle is a promising death metal band I discovered two weeks ago with this fantastic song, The Burnt Page, released as a single on June 18, 2021. For those who haven’t heard about the band before, Leviathan Cycle has started their careers with a single called; …Of Heresy on June 4, 2021. Since then, the band released only one more single; The Burnt Page. Now, please give the song a listen while reading the rest of the article.
Although Leviathan Cycle can be considered as a new band with only two single releases, they never gave me “a new band” impression with their overall standards. They seem like much more experienced musicians to me than just a new band for sure. The “overall standards” term here is valid for everything that belongs to their music brand, including visuals, musical ideas, style, blend, technical standards, music video, and etc. And this is fantastic. You might remember from some of my previous articles that we publishers who are closely following the industry are usually looking for potential more than anything else, especially if the band is new. In this case, my first impression of Leviathan Cycle is very positive. Hands down.
The Burnt Page is a very well constructed simple song with heavy influences from the classic death metal scene. First of all, I can see that the band has tried to keep things as simple as possible in this period of their careers, which is understandable. The song has a powerful atmosphere, a strong taste that immediately leaves its mark in your memory. I can still hear the main breakdown part of the song still plays in my head. The overall focus of the song is on point, they have powerful grooves and riffs, the producer highlighted the overall band sound instead of individual elements so the song perfectly transmits the message to the other side without a doubt.
As their blend, I can say that they have some influences from my all-time favorite death metal band, Death. Leviathan Cycle has limited but satisfying progressions from them, and I was glad to hear that. In addition, I can also hear that modern metalcore/deathcore music has influenced the band as well. My conclusion here is that the band is open-minded, looking forward to offering metal fans their own flavor with classical death metal elements.
The music video, on the other hand, is another feature that I liked about Leviathan Cycle. I know from my experience how challenging it can be putting out high-quality work that will get reception from the metal community. We shouldn’t forget the fact that these are just independent musicians without any income who are mostly trying to make a living by only making music. On the creative side of things, upcoming bands usually tend to go with the trends. In this case, even though this is a simple music video filmed in one/two locations with the minimum budget possible. However, we all know that this isn’t the point. My father-in-law once told me that; “Burak, there are only seven notes for everybody if you think that way”. What I am trying to say is, we all have 4k filming devices with cameras in our pockets yet not everybody can show vision with their capabilities. In Leviathan Cycle’s case, I am quite impressed by their attitude more than anything else. It immediately reminded me of my heroes from my childhood, and that’s what metalheads expect to see more than anything else. I hear the music, I listen to the lyrics, I see their faces, and that’s what gives me chills. I loved the feeling of this song when I first saw the video and it kept growing in me since that day.